RCOphth Congress – Early Bird Closing

13 April 2018
Source: RCOphth

It is just over five weeks until the beginning of the 2018 RCOphth Annual Congress.  The Early Bird registration closes on 18 April, you will still be able to book after this date, but book early to secure the best rate. Programme update Full details of the programme can be found on the College website. The programme for the Ophthalmology

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Risk to eye patients as NHS England’s Next Steps plan removes 18-week referral to treatment for elective surgery from the list of priorities for the next 12 months

5 April 2017
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

NHS England have published Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View which recognises what has been delivered so far and sets out the priorities for the next stages of the plan. In the Next Steps document, the 18-week waiting time target (RTT) for elective surgery has been removed from the list of priorities over the next 12 months.

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RCOphth Workforce Census 2016: A picture of the size and shape of the UK ophthalmic medical workforce

5 April 2017
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The RCOphth, with the publication of its most recent Workforce Census 2016 report with data from 75% of hospital eye units in the UK, places another important piece of the jigsaw depicting the current state of secondary NHS ophthalmology care.

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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists publishes its suite of patient information documents and its ‘Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery’.

4 April 2017
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Experienced refractive surgeons collaborate to deliver new guidance and recommendations to improve refractive surgery standards and patient care High quality standards of care and information for patients considering refractive surgery Surgery to correct refractive errors, using lasers or implants, to provide freedom from glasses or contact lenses is increasingly popular. Over 100,000 refractive surgery procedures (laser vision correction surgery) are

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New outpatient tariffs and the impact on ophthalmology – managing change for commissioning services

28 February 2017
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists,

The RCOphth has issued a further response to the December 2016 statement on how the new outpatient tariffs place unnecessary pressure on departments to discharge patients at a time when there is no suitable community care option available.

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MPs and Peers pledge support for equal access for all eye patients to timely treatment to prevent loss of vision

11 November 2016
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) hosted a successful parliamentary reception at Westminster on the 2 November.

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CCEHC: Eye health sector intervenes to stop patients losing sight

7 July 2016
Source: The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning

Warnings that hospital initiated delays and cancelled follow up appointments are at crisis point, putting patients’ sight at risk, have led to a new cross-sector initiative to release pressure off the hospital eye services by treating more people in the community.

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